First run is just around the corner and here is finally the few key points about our vision. What style of play we hope you aim for and what we have tried to create. There is little bit of meta information about the game in this post, but we still strongly recommend everyone to read this!
Style of the game could be described ‘Hollywood drama’, we are not aiming on full realism but not to a comedy or farce either. We hope that you can experience really cool scenes but also live in the shoes of your character. So we hope minimum amount of offgaming during the game. If you want to have an out of character re-calibration talk with your contact please do it in the off-game room. Small offgame interactions in the game area, like setting up a scene are totally alright!
The larp is designed to be a tunnel not a sandbox, so although you have many decisions you can do completely independently there are few elements we hope that you follow as it gives you most to play with. We have tried to also give your characters ingame reasons to do this. So if you get a distress signal, go and save those in need! You can of course speculate with traps and all sort of foul play if you want, but don’t dismiss these sign signals on where the game should continue. The Old way prophecy is also written in many characters and into the back story and when all the signs start to point at it being true we hope that most of the characters consider it a sign (regardless if they believed Old ways before). You can play doubts and at times consider it to be a pointless goose chase but we hope that majority of the players considers it to be ‘our last best hope’ even though it is not much. The game relies rather heavily on solving the puzzles and completing the following land mission in timely manner, so this should be supported from the top as well.
We strongly encourage you all to play inclusively! If someone asks if they can help, consider it a request from a player to be included and if at all possible agree to include them. Human race is now in a situation where everyone should be useful. If someone doesn’t have any prior skills they should start learning some.
Play your character with it’s history and ambitions, hopes and flaws, and take it to the direction you want to go to on the level of intensity that pleases you. Take the character and make it yours. You can choose to focus on the themes that most speak to you, but we hope that you play all your plots and relationships. These are the two days to bring all the old wounds and family troubles to surface, because the world may end at any second and tomorrow may never come.
Our characters don’t have any preferred ends or destinies, so their fate is yours to shape - unless you have been informed otherwise already!
The larp’s ending isn’t set in stone either. We have a dramatic arc that leads to a few possible endings, but in the end what happens when the journey is completed is in your hands.
This is not a game to be hacked, won or overachieved. You will get so much out of the gameplay when you relax into the character and play to create experiences and emotions for yourself and for others. We are aiming for a lot of drama and you are encouraged to play it all out without resorting to comedy - even if all of it isn’t the most realistic stuff out there with all the lost loves and surprise relatives...
The style we hope is that of adventure, drama and tragedy. Give it your best and it will be awesome!
This post explains the background of Ellarion Standard Time, the time system in use in the larp. The summary should be known by everyone. The rest is for geeks who want to understand why an exoplanet colony still uses a time system originating from ancient Babylonia.
TL;DR – The short version
All dates and times are written in Ellarion Standard Time (EST). Pretty much no-one except historians and enthusiasts know about earlier time systems.
In-game time will be the same as Finnish local time. Therefore any clock you see will most likely show the correct in-game time. 24-hour system is used, but don’t make a fuss if someone says “5 o’clock” instead of “17-hundred hours”.
A day is 24 hours, a week is 7 days, and a year is 52 weeks (364 days). Years are counted starting from when humans first arrived in Ellarion. The current year is 542 EST.
Years are no longer divided into months. “Month” is now a word meaning “approximately four weeks”, but January, February, etc. have no meaning.
Dates are indicated by appending the year by the day of year. The game will start at “542-155 18:00 EST” – i.e. day 155 of the 542nd year at Ellarion.
In space there are no seasons. During the generations-long voyage through space, months as indicators of time-of-year slowly started losing meaning. Years were still relevant as part of human life – the concept of “18 years old” still mattered – whereas January and June were identical. Many technical applications simply counted days since launch.
When the colony started settling on Ellarion, the problem of fitting the time system to the planet’s rotation arose. The first senate decided to establish a new time system, called Ellarion Standard Time.
Because the rotation time of Ellarion was close to 24 hours, instead of having everyone learn a new time system, they decided to slightly change the length of a second so that it matched the planet’s rotation. Thus the time system remained the same for all practical purposes.
Dates were simplified to be indicated by just the year and day-of-year. The day of first orbit around Ellarion was chosen to be day 1-001 (year 1, day 1). The length of a year was reduced by one day to be exactly 52 weeks. The axial tilt of Ellarion was so small that the planet had no seasons, and therefore there was no need to match the year to the orbital period of the planet.
As people spread across Ellarion, time zones were added to match local daylight hours. However, the majority of the Ellarion population still lived in the EST time zone, and the moons Osiris and Caelena also followed that time. Therefore, Ellarion Standard Time was commonly used everywhere in the system.
The reason for using regular 24-hour time in the larp is purely practical: having participants learn a new time system and wonder whether “20 o’clock” was late or not would not have provided any additional gameplay. It would also have caused additional work for the systems team, as time systems would have had to been rewritten and wrong clock displays hidden.
Similarly, we wanted to keep the definition of a year approximately the same, so that “40 years old” would still mean the same thing. The word for “month” is still understood, so that players don’t need to try to avoid using it.
Within these practical constraints, we still wanted to provide some clear distinction in the time system and distance players from the current world. The colonization of Ellarion was a new beginning, and deserved a clear cut from the past.
Welcome to the year 542, Ellarion Standard Time.
Sampo, System development team
The long wait is almost over! Next week, we will start sending out characters and briefs. Before that, please take some time to read this post, as it will give you an insight on what to expect from the characters and what happens next as well as what adjustments you are able to make.
At first, a short reminder on how larps with pre-written characters should be approached. All your characters contain secrets, and some might have information that include major spoilers to other characters. So please be mindful on what you share. It is NOT allowed to share your full character description with other players. Especially if you have one of the characters who know the bigger secrets, please be careful to not spill them before the larp. Pre-written larps rely heavily on players respecting the written background, existing contacts, and the characters’ agendas and personalities. Should you choose to entirely ignore some aspects of your character, it might severely impact the experience for others involved in those plots and themes. That said, we’ve tried to create characters with several different paths to take and multiple ways to solve situations, as well as plenty of open options on what to do and where to go. We very much encourage you to make the character your own and to emphasize the aspects you enjoy and make choices that make the game successful for you. But we ask for you to be mindful of your contacts and plots and acknowledge them instead of ignoring them even though you might not spent that much play time on some of them.
What adjustments are you able to make? At first let us say that casting a larp with 104 characters, hundreds of relationships, mostly gender neutral characters, and three runs with the same source material is - well, not exactly a stroll in the park. So, while we have made our best to make sure that your current romantic partners match your requested co-players genders, we were not able to make this happen with all the ex’s your character might have. If it is an issue for your that your characters FORMER romantic partner does not match your romantic gender preference, feel free to discuss with the players and agree that the relationship that was written as a romance was something else. Maybe a very close friendship that made your partner jealous (if that was relevant for the plot) or maybe it was a bar fight instead of a failed one night stand (if the point was that your friends didn’t like how the other person treated you). However, in our vision gender is not a big deal in this world. There is no discrimination based on it (or orientation), and it is more common than uncommon to have partners regardless of their gender. So if this is not that big issue for you that your character’s ex is of a different gender than your preference, we encourage you to not change it. However, if another player contacts you and asks to change the nature of the contact, you should agree on it, even if the contact would be fine as it is for you.
There are friends, partners, and relatives written for your characters, and some might be described in great detail while others might have less information provided. Even if there is not that much relevant information in the contact description, feel free to enhance the relationship, talk about the common background (if not specified, feel free to choose where you know each other from - i.e. were you neighbors, friends from school, or did you take the same boat building classes etc.). There is so much written information that writing everything to the detail would have made the characters way too long. So even if there is only a paragraph for a contact, you should consider it meaningful and develop it further. While creating all the contacts, we’ve made our best to create contact chains for the characters to ensure that information will be shared between different groups, and certain secrets and conflicts are designed to escalate through circles of common friends or relatives. Thus please don’t ignore a contact on the premises that there is not much written about them in your character. Create more! And share information about your characters with each other (but again be careful with the secrets).
It is very much allowed to get to know other characters in your group and create light links and contacts between you. However, do remember that these new links shouldn’t overshadow your existing contacts, as the people written into your character are there for a reason, and if you go and create bunch of new contacts, it might end up leaving some characters alone or result on some plots not moving forward. Please do introduce your characters to other members in your group as in some cases you might have known each other for months or years (e.g. the crew of ESS Odysseus, Velians and the crew of Atlantis 3).
And then last but definitely not the least: we’ve spent the past 6 months plotting, writing, and creating these stories. There is a ton of information, contacts, links, and crossing timelines. It is very much possible that some errors have slipped through our fingers despite rigorous cross-checking, or there might be some other reason we will end up making corrections or alterations on some characters. Should we do this we will clearly mark it on the character sheets by highlighting the new or removed information. E.g.
Public Database Sheet
You will receive a personal information sheet with your character, containing the information that is written in databases for your character. We might add some new information to that sheet as well, as the one you receive with your character is not yet final. However, the most relevant information should be there already. You will receive an updated version a couple of weeks before the larp.
The same goes for briefings: the most relevant briefings will in most cases be sent out with the characters, but some will come a bit later. At the end of your character sheet, there will be a list (with links) to all your relevant briefings, and we will update the links when all the briefings are ready (we’ll inform you when this is ready).
If you have any questions, concerns or requests, or if you just want to tell us how super excited you are, please contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are so excited about the larp and hope that you are too!
Laura, Producer and Story lead
Our organizer team has proudly worn Odysseus promo shirts for a year now, and now our players can get a shirt or hoodie - or some other cool promotion stuff - as well. Once it was announced that the sponsor ticket would include an Odysseus t-shirt, we were asked whether it was possible to buy the shirt separately. Here they are! In this blog post you can find all the necessary information about buying promo stuff from us!
We decided to use a third party supplier (Spreadshirt) for few reasons. Biggest being that they do all the logistics, which we really don’t have the time to concentrate on, as we want to focus fully on making the larp. They have a wide selection of products with decent size options, and they deliver all around the world. So even though there are some downsides like postage, limitations in sizes, and customer support being out of our hands, we decided that it would still be the best option.
Since we are using a third party provider, if there are any issues with the quality, delivery, or payment, you should contact their customer service directly. We have used the provider for a few other projects before, and their quality has been good. They have good and helpful customer support, should you encounter any issues.
Concerning sizes: unfortunately they have only a few products that have extra large sizes, and they cap at 3XL for ladyfit and 5XL for unisex shirts. When checking out the size charts, please note that the measurements are only across the chest, so to get full circumference, double this measurement. While we want to make our lives a little bit easier, we also want to be as inclusive as possible. So if there are no available sizes for you, please send us an email and we will look into it to see if we are able to make a custom order for those at a local supplier, with whom we also source some of the shirts for the rental uniforms. If this is possible, those custom shirts can be picked up at the location before the larp.
Every product purchased from the shop adds a small amount to our budget and allows us to buy a few more cool props to use in the larp. For products purchased after the larp, if there are no more expenses for us to cover, we will donate our cut to larp organizations such as Larpfund and Illusia ry (the association behind the Odysseus). Thus the shop will remain open at least some time after the event.
There are four different designs available. The available products might vary depending on the design. All the awesome designs have been created by Sara Kananen. The options are:
The shop has a variety of products available, including t-shirts, tank tops, long sleeved shirts, hoodies, jackets, caps, mugs, and bags. In the clothing, the print is either on the front or back. The size chart varies in different products, but we’ve aimed to provide products with a wide size and color selection in all designs.
and it has the ship emblem with a different text based on the original post of the character on the back - and possibly on a smaller size also on the front. Keep these perks in mind when making other purchases! We make the different versions of the ship emblem available as well so it is also possible to make custom orders with them.
You can find the shop here! Take a look and should you feel like it, support us by having a unique memory from this experience.
The shop has a 15% discount for the first 14 days (provided by the supplier)! Do note that it is possible to customize each of the products, and it is possible to change the size or the placement of the print.
Laura, Producer of Odysseus
Within a week we, will send out the short descriptions. Most likely we’ll not send them in one large batch, as it’s an enormous task to send out that many individual emails. Thus we ask for your patience: we know that you are very anxious to get more information, and we promise to work as fast as we can. The amount of information in the short descriptions is also not entirely even (due to different character processes), so some might get a bit more information than others.
What everyone will receive:
*Of course, every character who is a parent has the risk of facing the theme “loss of a child”, and every character in the larp has a risk of facing the theme of “loss of a loved one” as we have no control over the actions of players. However, these themes are specifically marked for characters who are involved in something we have planned, and thus are much more likely to encounter the themes during the larp. The same goes for other triggers as well: we can take these into account based on our plans, but things may change based on players’ actions during the larp.
What happens next?
First, we ask you to read carefully through your short description and check your assigned costume, shift, and the genders of your romantic contacts. Similarly, please check that there are no people you don’t want to play with among your closest contacts. You can find the genders of the characters in the player list. We have done our best to avoid any errors, but it is always possible some have slipped through our fingers.
The preferred shift as well as costume wishes were something we were not able to put much emphasis on. The same applies to players you asked to play with. However, if these are key factors for a successful larp, please let us know!
If you have any concerns regarding your short description, please contact us by email as soon as possible! We cannot reply to individual concerns or issues in the Facebook group, so please use email. In the email, please tell us how serious your concerns are. Is it a minor concern (but you are happy with the character even if we can’t fix the issue) or do you feel that your character is not at all what you can play? Or anything in-between. Please be as specific as possible. Let us also know how you would wish us to proceed. Would you prefer to keep the same character but fix the issues, and if that is not possible, change the character, or would you prefer to just switch the character to another? Let us also know if the issue is big enough that you will cancel the larp if we are not able to fix it.
Note that it is only possible to switch characters through organizers! We do not allow direct switching as there are lot of contacts, wishes, trigger themes, and secrets involved.
If you wish to switch your character, please let tell us what you would like to play and what would you want to avoid. Be as specific as possible, and let us know what is the primary thing you want for your character (eg. character group, theme, play with someone etc.). Please also consider that after receiving your short description, you might already know some rather big secrets that your new character wouldn’t know and you as a player need to ignore.
Some important secrets are already revealed in the short descriptions. Please help us keep them a secret until the larp (though hopefully not until the end of it). This means that it is not allowed to share your short descriptions with the other players (or anyone else for that matter). When you introduce your character to your co-players, consider what would be public information and what wouldn’t. If in doubt, you can always ask the organizers. We will remove posts than contain secrets from the facebook groups.
Names and shifts
We’ve received a few questions concerning the feminine or masculine names of certain characters. All the character names (excluding the few with set gender) are picked from gender neutral name generators. They are all names that can be used for any gender, but of course in some countries or cultures they probably have either masculine or feminine ring to them. In the world of Odysseus, all names are considered gender neutral, so it is not possible to determine the gender of the character based on their name. We will provide other means to identify genders to help determine which pronouns (he/she/they) should be used for the characters. We ended up choosing this approach so that we are better able to cast people of different genders to the characters on the different runs without the need to change all the markings that we will do in various databases.
There are three different work shifts (as well as no shift (n/a) ). These shifts are Solar (on duty 04-12, off-duty 12-16, on duty 16-20, sleep 20-04), Lunar (sleep 04-12, on duty 12-16, off-duty 16-20, on-duty 20-04) and Ghost (on-call (08/)10-22(/24), off-duty 22-10 - exact time might vary). Ghost shift will share the on-duty responsibilities with lunar/solar shifts during the day and be off-duty/sleeping during the night.
Characters who start the larp in a different location (Velian/Atlantis/Solaris) also have marked shifts indicating the shift they are most likely drafted to (instructed to players in commanding positions by the organizers). Some characters are also in a position where they have not yet agreed to work on a shift, and it is up to the players to make the decision.
We know that you are eager to start planning things and maybe getting some background or extra contacts for your character, but we need to ask you to not to do that. We will soon provide the descriptions for the world, culture, religion and politics for everyone, and your full character will include history, agenda, plots, contacts, and recent events. Thus, as is typical in a Finnish larp, you do not have to do any extra planning or contacting. Everything will be provided by us.
However, it is possible and even encouraged to get to know your character and your contacts, and to add some flesh around the bones on at least culture and religion. Even so, please don’t do that until you have received all the information from us. The short descriptions are just that: short descriptions, and they do not contain all the information. Thus, do not start creating background or extra contacts for your character based on the short description.
The full character sheets will be sent out sometime in May along with all the briefings. After that, it will be possible to create a few light contacts, but these should not overshadow the prewritten ones!
As the organizers, we are excited and determined to provide a memorable experience for all our players, so feel free to contact us if you have any concerns! Still, bear in mind that there will be some (hopefully light) issues that cannot be helped. For example, shifts are created to enable shared play time with your contacts, so it might not be possible to change them without it having a severe negative effect on the experience. Even so, we do our very best to accommodate your wishes!
Laura, Producer of Odysseus
Casting a larp is an enormous task, especially when you need to match 104 characters with 104 players ...for three subsequent runs. Well, let’s just say that we’ve had quite a busy week behind us. Our casting team spent 35+ hours going through the players’ answers to the casting questionnaire, and matching them to our available characters. Before that, our hero Ville had already spent countless hours processing the data for the script and running your answers through it.
We’ve done our very best to make sure everyone gets the experience they are aiming for. However, as always, some compromises were required, and it was of course impossible to fulfill every single wish.
We used this priority list in trying to find an enjoyable character for each of our players:
What ended up not influencing the casting (except in some rare cases):
All in all, we are very happy with the results and on how many wishes we were able to accommodate. However, no matter how many hours we put into this, we are bound to have made some errors. We’ve been going through Excel sheets for the past week and a half, so even though we’ve checked and double-checked and triple-checked, there might still be errors. So, how to proceed from here?
First, we will publish the casting document for each run. You get to know the name, job title, and starting group of your character right away. Within a week or two, we will send everyone further information. You will receive a short description of your character, your preliminary shift (if any), costume information, the character groups your character belongs to (some characters have up to five character groups and some just one), the age of your character, and the list of your character’s closest contacts. The list is not your final contact list, but these are the most important ones. There is also information in case your character has a predetermined fate, or if there are other very important aspects involved (though sleeper agents are not revealed at this point).
We would kindly ask you to wait until you receive this latter personal information email before contacting us in case you have concerns, as not every character is what they seem they are. It saves us a lot of time and effort, as then we don’t need to answer questions for which the information is already soon on its way. If you have concerns or questions after receiving this email, whether about themes, close contacts, character groups, shifts, or other aspects of the game, do not hesitate to contact us!
In case you have major concerns regarding your character, it might be possible to swap characters or make some minor adjustments. If there is nothing we can do instantly, there are bound to be cancellations during spring, and we might be able to switch characters later on.
That said, we encourage you to embrace the themes, aspects, and unknown players, and to dive head first into your character. If your closest friends haven’t been cast as your contacts, you can take that as an opportunity to get to know awesome new people you just haven’t larped with before!
We would like to remind you that the short description is just that: a short description. Even though it tries to capture some of the meaningful themes for your character, there are loads of things it does not touch on. There are lot of stuff in store for every character!
So, all in all, this casting was an enormous task, and it sure felt like an impossible one for a few times along the way. But we did it! We hope you are as giddy and excited when you receive your characters as we were when we cast them.
Laura, Producer of Odysseus
are no romantic feelings between them; they might just be friends. Or a character might have a partner among the survivors on one of the other ships in the fleet. In these cases the romance is not a theme we expect you to play, but the npc is someone whose fate your character would care about. There are also characters who do not have any kind of a romance at all, past or present. All examples above are considered not to have a romantic contact in terms of casting.
Roughly 50% of the characters have some form of a romance as a supporting theme, and about 20% have romance as a main theme. What we mean by “a main theme” is that it doesn’t mean that these characters don’t have anything else to play, but in most cases their romantic partner is their closest and most important contact, and in all cases it is mirrored so that the romance is the main aspect for both characters. Romance as a supporting theme means that the romance can be a relevant aspect in the game, but if it doesn’t play out, there are lot of other interesting themes to explore. In these romances, there might be some imbalance concerning how important the romance is for a character (e.g. a triangle drama).
A little bit of insight into our larp culture: in Finland, it is very common that characters are written by the organizers and all the plots, themes, and contacts are ready-made. Larps in which you write your own character and create your own contacts are still a minority in Finland. It is very common that there are quite many romances written into each game. Most of us are used to writing and playing these themes. Within the past few years, it has become a standard to talk with your contacts about their boundaries and the experience they are looking for. Since we have a tradition of prewritten contacts, it is very much frowned upon to do ‘contact shopping’ to choose the players you want to play with while ignoring others. This doesn’t mean we expect you to play with someone you do not feel comfortable with or someone you feel threatened by. What we want to say is that if we can imagine we are in a distant spaceship instead of an elementary school, we can also imagine that our character is attracted to someone we are not. Romance is just one way to create meaningful links between the characters, and the same applies to friends, families and colleagues.
Since we have people coming from all around the world and from very different larp cultures, we want to highlight a few things concerning playing romances to create a safe and pleasant experience for everyone. These are pretty common sense things, but it is still better to state them:
Romances can provide extremely intense and meaningful experiences in a larp. Even if you have some doubts on playing romance, I would encourage you to embrace with an open mind all the plots written in your character. However, your safety and your preferences are our priority, and if you have any issues or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us!
Laura, Producer of Odysseus
Pictures by Axelle Cazeneuve, editing by Laura Kröger
Our second big team meeting took place a week ago. We have a team of over 50 members by now, and more are recruited through spring! Even though it was not possible for all to attend the meeting, over thirty of us gathered together to enjoy good food and to get to know each other better. We had a chance to share ideas and to present each department’s progress with the others. And now we want to share some of that progress with you and to introduce our teams!
The organizers of Odysseus can be divided to five teams, though naturally there is a lot of overlap. And it is up to the producers to ensure that the teams communicate with each other and that the overall vision is followed. Here are the teams plus a little sneak peek of what we have done so far and we are planning to do!
The production team is probably the least coherent group, as it takes care of pretty much everything concerning practical arrangements and project management. To this team belong the widely varying subjects of communications, safety, player management, finances, food services, etc. We take care of the players and make sure that everything goes smoothly, and that all the relevant information is available both within the team and for all the players.
security team (as well as the game masters). They also work hard to stream land missions for everyone to see. The team is responsible for creating the integration to the Empty Epsilon space simulation software as well as the scenarios we use within it. And much more that will be revealed later on a blog post of its own!
This team takes care of all the lights, sounds, and other effects during the larp. They work closely with the prop and IT teams to create the feeling of actually being on a starship. It is up to them to create proper lighting to support the function of each room and to visualize the different states of the ship. The ship will have at least four different states that all have a distinct feel created through lighting, sound effects, and information provided via info screens. For example hyperdrive jumps (which happens on set intervals) will be clearly visible by sounds and lighting to everyone aboard, not just the bridge crew issuing the commands. Our technology team will be in charge of not only planning but also the acquisition and installation of all our technology. More details on our technology will be available on a later blog post!
Our story team is responsible for creating the narrative as well as planning and writing all characters in the game. Every character is pre-written with a background, agenda, and meaningful contacts. We have thirteen writers and a few backup ones to create an unforgettable journey for everyone. Our story team plans the overall story arc of the larp and each individual event, mystery, and dilemma to be solved within the game. You will definitely hear a little bit more about the team later on!
This will not be an ordinary run-of-the-mill starship. Our props team plans all uniforms as well as helps in drafting ideas for civilian costuming. The team also creates all the graphics for the game, including all details such as ID cards, posters, instruction guides, and so on. There will be much more information and sneak peeks to the amazing job our props team is doing!
We are all super excited to create this experience for you all, and we hope that you are equally excited to embark on this journey!
Laura, Producer of Odysseus
Photos by Essi Vallenius, HANSCA concept by Janne Koponen and prop concept pictures by Mia Makkonen.
Selecting players is one of the hardest parts of creating a larp. We would love to take everyone on board! Since it is not possible, we want to describe how the players were selected to Odysseus to make the process as fair and transparent as possible.
Altogether, we had 357 sign ups (94 were sponsor ticket purchases). That is an absolutely stunning number! If we had proceeded with the original plan of two runs, we would have been forced to leave 150 people out. With the decision to have a third run, we were able to pick most of you aboard.
However, most is still not all, so I’ll start with why cannot we take everyone. In each run, we have 104 characters, each of whom has a basic concept, a story, and contacts that fit to the style and themes of the larp. Adding more characters would mean a lot of extra work and risk breaking the consistency of the game. Rather than increase the number of characters, we want ensure that all existing characters are given all the creative energy they need to be as good as possible.
The second main reason not to increase the number of characters is practical. In every larp, there are cancellations. Life will inevitably get in the way for some, and in a pre-written larp, having no-show characters could ruin the game for many other players and characters. In our experience, the number of cancellations tends to total around 10% of the players, and with three runs and over 300 players it means roughly 30 spots that will likely need to be re-cast at some point.
I know it can be disheartening to be unlucky in the initial lottery, but the first wave of cancellations is just a few weeks away as the deadline for ticket purchases kicks in. So even if you were unlucky now, the chance of getting aboard at a later point are pretty good! We will offer empty spots to our waiting list first; only when the event is drawing very close, we might look for players also elsewhere.
How was the initial casting done? We entered everyone to an excel sheet and generated a random number for each player. Based on these numbers, we first randomly filled the local run, then the first international run, and last the second international run. As we stated before the sign-up, those who had chosen only or preference for the local run had a higher priority in local spots than those who chose to prefer the international run. As there was more interest for the local run than spots in the game, those who preferred the international run were not considered for spots in the local run.
Our limit of 30 Finnish players for each international run were not exceeded in either of those, so we didn’t have to exclude any of the Finnish players based on that, but we did come pretty close in both runs. The same methods were used for the discount tickets. The chance for getting a spot was slightly worse with the discount tickets than with the standard tickets, but not much.
We left a few spots unselected in the lottery and went through the ones in the waiting list and picked some who had never larped before or had very little experience to join us. It is our firm belief that first-timers should be given a chance to participate to increase the number of larpers and awareness of this great hobby. We hope you all agree with this one!
After we had selected all the players, we went through the wishes on whom the players wanted to participate with, and swapped players from one run to another to make sure that as many of you as possible could play with your friends and spouses. In cases where your friends were unlucky and did not get a spot, we did not remove you if you had a spot (unless it was explicitly stated that you would only participate if the someone else was also included).
We cross-checked the list quite a few times, but if we still managed to miss something, we’ll do our best to fix all issues!
I hope this opens up our selection process, and I truly wish that all of you who didn’t get a spot and really want to be a part of this experience will be able to jump aboard later through the waiting list!
Laura, Producer of Odysseus
Hi, my name is Sanna and I’m a co-producer of Odysseus. I’m also the one who takes care of the applications and IT systems on board, in addition to participating in story design.
My larp life started few years ago. I had been roleplaying before (and even tried larping a little bit), but somehow it just didn’t work out. In 2014, my friend persuaded me to try larping again, and this time I got to be a dwarf princess. I had so much fun running around with my two hand axe, almost getting killed, and surviving just barely.
This ignited my spark. All it needed was the right character and I was sold. It didn’t take me long to start writing characters and getting involved as an organizer. I started with small projects and have gradually gotten into bigger ones. I love to create characters and plots and to weave webs of events intertwined with character-specific stories.
The whole thing with Odysseus started when me and Laura were writing a larp called Vigor Mortis III together. Our teamwork just, well, worked. We were on the same wavelength and ended up inventing even crazier and crazier evil plots for our characters. Co-operation worked so well that we decided that we should make a larp together and then... may I present to you: Odysseus.
I am a little bit horrified about all the technical applications we are doing. I am so glad I have a good team. We already started the work a year ago, but there is still a lot to be done and a huge amount of coding needed. Even though we use Empty Epsilon to steer and fly our ship, we still have many other systems such as the interfaces for Engineers, Scientists, Medics, and other passengers. Our goal is to provide information for everyone, not only to the ones making the decisions on the bridge. We aim to make everything as transparent as we can. We want to provide the tools for you to gather information you normally wouldn’t get in a game like this.
Sanna, Co-producer of Odysseus